Waites, Joan C.

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Waites, Joan C.


Married Gerard Waites; children: Taylor Anne, Caitrin, Haley. Education: DeSales University, B.S., 1982; studied art and illustration at George Washington University and Corcoran School of Art and Design; Maryland Institute College of Art, certificate (illustration), 1990.


Home—Washington, DC.


Illustrator. Neonatal intensive care nurse in Philadelphia, PA, and Washington, DC, 1982-97; freelance illustrator, 1991—; Corcoran School of Art and Design, Washington, DC, book cover artist. Member of adjunct faculty, aspiring artist's programs.


Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators (illustrator coordinator for Mid-Atlantic branch, beginning 2000), Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC.

Awards, Honors

Benjamin Franklin Award, 2001, for Tell It Again 2; International Reading Association/Children's Book Council (CBC) Children's Choice Award, and National Council for the Social Studies/CBC Notable Book designation, both 2004, both for Moon's Cloud Blanket.


Dawn Rosewitz, The Flying Frog Circus, Place in the Woods (Golden Valley, MN), 1998.

Edward Allan Faine, Little Ned Stories, IM Press (Takoma Park, MD), 1999.

Rebecca Isbell and Shirley Raines, Tell It Again, Gryphon House (Beltsville, MD), 1999.

Rebecca Isbell and Shirley Raines, Tell It Again 2: More Easy-to-Tell Stories with Activities for Young Children, Gryphon House (Beltsville, MD), 1999.

Sharon Murphy Yates, The Busy Mom, Child & Family Press (Washington, DC), 2001.

Rose Anne St. Romain, Moon's Cloud Blanket, Pelican Publishing Company (Gretna, LA), 2003.

Edward Allan Faine, More Little Ned Stories, IM Press (Takoma Park, MD), 2003.

Edward Allan Faine, How-to Cowboy Joke Book, IM Press (Takoma Park, MD), 2003.

J.B. Nicholas, The Waving Girl, Pelican Publishing (Gretna, LA), 2004.

Nancy Kelly Allen, Daniel Boone: Trailblazer, Pelican Publishing (Gretna, LA), 2005.

Susan Helen Wallace, Saint Faustina Kowalska: Messenger of Mercy, Pauline Books & Media (Boston, MA), 2007.

Dori Hillestad Butler, F Is for Firefighting, Pelican Publishing (Gretna, LA), 2007.

Contributor of illustrations to Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market Place and to other books published by Writer's Digest.

Biographical and Critical Sources


Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2003, review of Moon's Cloud Blanket, p. 479; February 15, 2007, review of F Is for Firefighting.

Library Media Connection, August, 2007, Deana Groves, review of F Is for Firefighting, p. 64.

School Library Journal, October, 2003, Wendy Lukehart, review of Moon's Cloud Blanket, p. 157; December, 2004, Gay Lynn Van Vleck, review of The Waving Girl, p. 116; December, 2005, Barbara Auerbach, review of Daniel Boone: Trailblazer, p. 122; June, 2007, Gloria Koster, review of F Is for Firefighting, p. 92.


How-to-Cowboy Web site,http://www.howtocowboy.com/ (February 15, 2008), "Joan C. Waites."